is teeth grinding or clenching. Most individuals don’t even know they’re doing
this. Bruxism affects approximately 35 million adults and children in the
individuals only grind their teeth while sleeping, this is frequently called
nocturnal bruxism. Other people may clench or grind their teeth during the day
as well. This is often thought to have a relationship with anxiety or stress.
This stress may be induced by a wide variety of causes.
root cause of bruxism is varied. Some experts perceive bruxism as only a habit.
It can also occur as a reaction to misaligned teeth. Bruxism may also occur as
a result of neurological disorders that affect facial muscles and cranial
nerves and in some cases, it is a side effect of prescription drugs used to
with severe bruxism may cause damage to their teeth or destroy dental fillings.
Grinding teeth can cause enamel to be worn away, exposing the softer dentin
layer, which may cause tooth sensitivity.
Severe bruxism has caused:
dysfunction - called TMD
pain that is unexplained
may have bruxism if you experience any of these issues:
grinding sound that disturbs someone you sleep with
or painful jaw muscles
fillings, damaged teeth, or injured gums
jaw muscle contractions
your child is experiencing any of these symptoms, talk to your dentist. Your dentist
can determine if your child has bruxism and how it should be treated.
dentist will examine their overall dental health, review any medications they are
taking, and ask about the stresses they may be experiencing. If they sleep with another person, the dentist
may also ask that person several questions. The dentist will question this
person regarding their sleeping habits, particularly any grinding sounds that
may be heard at night.
dentist will perform an examination with special attention being paid to jaw
muscles and the joints of their jaw. Their teeth will also be examined to see if there
is grinding evidence. Missing teeth, broken teeth, and the alignment of teeth
will also be checked.
examination may become more detailed if there is a suspicion that your bruxism
relates to dental issues. The dentist will examine their bite and see if there
is any damage to their gums or teeth due to bruxism. They may also have dental
is estimated that almost one third of children clench or grind their teeth, and
the rate of bruxism is greatest for those under five years of age. If you have
a child that clenches or grinds his/her teeth, discuss this with your dentist.
In most instances, a child will stop grinding their teeth as they grow older
and not damage their teeth permanently.
Duration of Bruxism
is estimated that half of all children with bruxism, who are between three and
ten years old, will stop by themselves by the time they are thirteen.
adults and teenagers, the length of time that bruxism persists is dependent
upon its root cause. For instance, if bruxism is being caused by chronic stress, bruxism may persist for a
long time. On the other hand, if bruxism is caused by a dental issue, it will
cease once the teeth are properly aligned and repaired, which often happens
within several dental visits.
bruxism you are experiencing is stress related, it may help to have
professional counseling. You may also want to try some relaxation strategies
and it may help to minimize your consumption of stimulants such as caffeine and
related tooth damage can be prevented in both adults and children. The
customary technique for damage prevention is to wear a bite splint or bite
plate while sleeping. A bite splint may also help to relive facial muscle and jaw
treatment used for bruxism depends on its root cause:
the bruxism you are experience is related to stress, your dentist might recommend
counseling, biofeedback exercises, or other relaxation strategies.At times, medications are prescribed to
relieve anxiety and help relax jaw muscles.We may also fit you for a bite plate that’s custom-made.
bruxism you are experiencing is related to dental problems, your dentist will
most likely align your teeth. In cases that are severe, your dentist may have
to use crowns or onlays to completely reshape biting surfaces. Your dentist may
also make a custom bite splint or mouth guard, which will prevent your teeth
from further damage. In some instances, it can even help with realignment.
bruxism develops as a side effect of an antidepressant medication, there are a
couple of remedies you may pursue. You may ask the prescribing physician to
switch to a different medication or prescribe an additional medication that
will counteract the bruxism.
in the absence of treatment, at least half of children with bruxism stop having
this issue by the time they are thirteen. In the interim time period, before a
child stops teeth grinding, the child may be fitted with a bite plate for night
time use to prevent tooth wear. This device works well on nearly every child
who uses it as directed.
teenagers, the prognosis is also excellent if bruxism is properly treated.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with one of our Ormond Beach or Port Orange pediatric dentists, please call us or request an appointment online.